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Older adults overwhelmingly report they want to remain in their home as they age. This is commonly called “aging in place”. As we envision making this dream a reality, we think of remodeling our home by updating the bathroom for accessibility or moving a bedroom to the main floor. While all of these changes can help a person to remain in the home, additional factors outside the home may influence a person’s ability to age in place.

Aging in place extends beyond the home to include the larger community. “Age-friendly” communities are friendly for all ages. These communities are designed for the needs of all members. The worldwide “age-friendly” movement was initiated to make physical structures and social environments more accessible to people of all ability levels. SDSU Extension Gerontology Specialists have compiled resources to assist you in moving toward more age-friendly communities. You will notice from the links below that large cities have been the target of most work on age-friendly communities.

Rural communities face unique challenges. In 2006 representatives from Canadian provinces published Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide (50 pages). This document remains one of the only resources for age-friendly rural communities.

Don’t become frustrated if your community doesn’t have (or may never have) some of these characteristics. Consider how you might adapt the ideas to suit your community. SDSU Extension Gerontology Specialists are familiar with the unique strengths and challenges in South Dakota, and we would like to become familiar with the strengths and challenges in YOUR community. Please contact us with questions.

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